Meet our new arrivals

As a conservation charity, new arrivals and breeding success is not only incredibly exciting, but it's also vital to the future of many of the species that we look after.

A combination of factors, including detailed planning, highly knowledgeable keepers, great infrastructure, a compressive animal nutrition plan, top husbandry techniques and scientific insight to back it all up, all contribute to the breeding successes here.

09/02/17

Our keepers step in to hand-rear orphaned antelope calf

Our keepers are helping to raise an orphaned baby antelope, a Kirk's dik-dik.

  • New arrivals
  • Mammals

03/02/17

Endangered giant otter ‘Diego Junior’ arrives

A rare giant otter has arrived as part of an endangered species breeding programme.

  • Otters
  • Mammals
  • New arrivals

20/01/17

Walking tall! Giraffe calf stays close to mum during outdoor debut

Three-week-old giraffe calf, Murchison, has given his long legs a stretch during his outdoor debut.

  • Giraffes
  • Feature - Giraffe
  • New arrivals

18/01/17

Second rare Asian elephant born in a month

We're celebrating another momentous arrival for our family herd of Asian elephants, the second newborn in a month.

  • Elephants
  • New arrivals
  • Feature - Elephant
  • Mammals

29/12/16

Rare giraffe calf is born on Boxing Day

A rare Rothschild’s giraffe calf born on Boxing Day has been described by keepers as “the best Christmas gift.”

  • Giraffes
  • New arrivals
  • Mammals
  • Feature - Giraffe

23/12/16

Top ten animal babies of 2016

There have been a whole host of important animal births at Chester Zoo in 2016 – including a reptile species that pre-dates the dinosaurs, a precious quartet of incredibly rare magpies and a critically endangered Eastern black rhino calf!

  • New arrivals

16/12/16

Rare Asian elephant calf born

We're delighted to announce that a rare Asian elephant has been born, with the incredible birth captured live on CCTV.

  • Feature - Elephant
  • Elephants
  • Habitat - Asian Forest
  • New arrivals
  • Mammals

17/11/16

Rare babirusa birth captured on film for first time

Hidden cameras have captured remarkable footage showing the live birth of a babirusa piglet – one of the rarest pig species in the world – for the very first time.

  • Babirusa
  • New arrivals
  • Mammals

21/10/16

Bush dog pups born

Two litters of bush dog pups have begun to venture outside for the first time.

  • Bush dogs
  • New arrivals
  • Mammals

04/10/16

Critically endangered songbird hatches at Chester Zoo

We're celebrating after four Javan green magpies hatch at Chester Zoo! This is the first time this critically endangered songbird has been bred in a UK zoo, providing a major boost to conservation efforts to save the species from extinction. Find out more and see the video on Act for Wildlife...

  • Javan green magpie
  • New arrivals
  • Conservation in the zoo
  • South East Asia
  • Birds

20/09/16

Otter-ly adorable! New otter pups given their first swimming lessons

Five baby otters have been thrown in at the deep end while being taught how to swim by their parents.

  • New arrivals
  • Otters
  • Mammals

22/08/16

Baby zebra birth catches visitors by surprise

A baby zebra caught visitors by surprise after it was born in front of them on Sunday.

  • Zebra
  • Mammals
  • New arrivals

16/08/16

VIDEO: Adorable rare zebra foal born

We're excited to reveal that our latest new arrival is a rare Grevy's zebra, a species highly endangered in the wild.

  • Zebra
  • Mammals
  • New arrivals

12/08/16

Montserrat tarantulas hatch in ‘world first’

A clutch of about 200 rare and unusual tarantulas has hatched at Chester Zoo - a momentous event which has never been achieved before.

  • Habitat - Dragons in Danger
  • New arrivals
  • Invertebrates

02/08/16

Critically endangered birds hatch

We're celebrating the arrival of seven northern bald ibis chicks - which are part of a carefully coordinated breed and release programme at Chester Zoo.

  • Birds
  • New arrivals

29/07/16

VIDEO: Four rock hyrax pups born

Four rock hyrax pups have been born... and they're quite the handful!

  • Rock Hyrax
  • Mammals
  • New arrivals
  • Habitat - Painted Dogs